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Salvation

VI. SALVATION

A. The Meaning of Salvation  Salvation is the gracious work of God whereby He delivers undeserving sinners from sin and its results (Matt. 1:21; Eph. 2:8-9). In justification He declares righteous all who put faith in Christ as Savior (Rom. 3:20-22), giving them freedom from condemnation, peace with God, and full assurance of future glorification (Rom. 3:24-26).

B. The Way of Salvation  Salvation is based wholly on the grace of God apart from works (Titus 3:5; Eph. 2:9). Anyone who will exercise repentance toward God and faith in the Lord Jesus Christ will be saved (Acts 16:30-32; Luke 24:47; Rom. 10:17).

C. The Provision of Salvation  Christ died for the sins of the whole world (John 1:29; 3:16; 1 John 2:1-2). Through His blood, atonement is made without respect of persons (1 Tim. 2:4-6). All sinners can be saved by this gracious provision (Heb. 2:9; John 3:18).

D. Divine Sovereignty and Human Freedom  God's sovereignty and man's freedom are two inseparable factors in the salvation experience (Eph. 2:4-6). The two Bible truths are in no way contradictory in the great salvation so freely provided. God, in His sovereignty purposed, planned, and executed salvation in eternity while man's freedom enables him to make a personal choice in time, either to receive this salvation and be saved, or to reject it and be damned (Eph. 1:9-12; 1:13-14; John 1:12-13).

 

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Do you know…

For sure that you are going to heaven? If God were to ask you, “Why should I let you into My heaven?” what would you tell Him? Not sure? Then let me share with you the best news you could ever hear!
Did you know the Bible tells how you can know for sure that you have eternal life and will go to be with God in heaven? 1 John 5:13 The Bible says there are five (5) things you need to know about eternal life:

  1. Heaven, eternal life, is a free gift (Romans 6:23); it is not earned or deserved (Ephesians 2:8-9). Why can’t anyone earn a way to heaven? Because…
  2. Man is a sinner (Romans 3:23). Sin is breaking God’s law. That includes things like lying, cheating, lusting, deceiving, thinking evil, and more. Man cannot save himself. To save yourself by good deeds you would have to be perfect (Matthew 5:48). In spite of our sin…
  3. God is merciful and does not want to punish us. God is love (1 John 4:8). The same Bible that tells us that God loves us also tells us that God is just and must punish sin. We have a problem: God loves us and doesn’t want to punish us, but He is just and must punish sin. God solved this problem for us through…
  4. Jesus Christ. the Bible tells us that Jesus is the infinite God-man (John 1:1,14). He died on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins and rose from the grave to purchase a place for us in heaven (Isaiah 53:6). Jesus took our sin on the cross and now offers eternal life, heaven, as a free gift. This gift is received by…
  5. Faith—the key that opens the door to heaven. Not just head knowledge of knowing facts about Jesus; not temporal faith because you have asked God for something in the past; Saving faith is trusting in Jesus Christ alone for eternal life. Like putting on a parachute, you are resting on Christ alone and what He has done (not in what you or I have done) to get to heaven. Acts 16:31.

So, would you like to receive God’s gift of eternal life? It means that you need to:
Transfer your trust to Christ (from what you have been doing to what Christ has done on His cross).
Accept Christ as Savior (realize you cannot save yourself; invite Christ into your life).
Receive Christ as Lord (give Him control of your life; make Him the boss).
Repent (ask God to forgive you; tell Him you’re sorry for your sins; be willing to turn from anything that is not pleasing to Him).
If that is what you really want, you can go to God in prayer right where you now (Romans 10:10, 13).
“Lord Jesus, I know I am a sinner and do not deserve eternal life. But I believe You died and rose from the grave to purchase a place in heaven for me. Jesus, come into my life; take control of my life; forgive my sins and save me. I repent of my sins and place my trust in You alone for my salvation. I accept Your gift of eternal life. Thank you for saving me. In Jesus’ name, Amen.”
If you are sincere in this prayer, Jesus promises you have eternal life (John 6:47). Welcome to the family of God!
Please let us know of your decision and/or need for further information. We would love to send you information about how you can grow spiritually in your walk with Christ.